Your Annual Gift-Tax Exclusions

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 21, 2014

By Tom Herman Q: I recall a few years ago some IRS program having to do with an individual giving a gift of up to $10,000, I believe, to a family member, with no tax advantage or disadvantage. Do you ...

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Wins Third Term -- 2nd Update

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 21, 2014

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand's prime minister has vowed to build a coalition rather than govern alone, after his ruling National Party won a resounding victory in Saturday's election. John Key is set to lead New Zealand for ...

New Zealand Election Sees Prime Minister John Key Win Third Term

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 20, 2014

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--Prime Minister John Key is set to lead New Zealand for a third consecutive term after his National Party won 48% of the vote in Saturday's election. Official results show Mr. Key's party will likely ...

Canada Considers Ways to Cool Housing Market

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 20, 2014

By Paul Vieira And Rita Trichur The chief executive of Canada's government-owned mortgage insurer said Ottawa is considering a series of proposals, including getting the country's banks to share in the risk of backstopping insured mortgages, to tame a frothy ...

G-20 Plans to Raise Global Growth by 2% in Next Five Years

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 20, 2014

By Andreas Kissler CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA--The Group of 20 industrial and developing nations on Saturday agreed to raise global growth by 2% in the next five years via a wide-reaching package of structural measures. The undertaking is a centerpiece of the ...

Russia to Consider Diversifying Away From Western Debt Securities

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 20, 2014

By Andrey Ostroukh SOCHI, Russia--Russia is considering diversifying its debt portfolio away from countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow and into the papers of its Brics partners, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Saturday. Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Higher As Fed Rate View Holds

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures pushed higher on Friday, ahead of one of the world's biggest initial public offerings ever, and as two major risk factors this week -- Scotland and ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Higher As Fed Rate View Holds

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures pushed higher on Friday, ahead of one of the world's biggest initial public offerings ever, and as two major risk factors this week -- Scotland and the Federal Open MarketCommittee ...

CURRENCIES: Pound Jumps As Scotland Set To Stay In The U.K.

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Michael Kitchen, MarketWatch LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- The British pound staged a solid rally early Friday, as projections show Scottish voters had decided to remain in the U.K. The pound (GBPUSD) surged as initial results from the voting began ...

China Loan Demand Declined in 3Q - PBOC Survey

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

BEIJING--Demand for new loans from China's businesses softened in the third quarter, suggesting that entrepreneurs remain pessimistic about growth in the world's second largest economy, a central bank survey showed on Friday. An index measuring bankers' assessment of loan demand ...

BOND REPORT: Treasury Yields Retreat Ahead Of Indicators

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By William Watts, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. Treasurys gained ground, pulling down yields, as investors awaited U.S. leading economic indicators from the Conference Board and digested Scotland's rejection of an independence referendum. The yield on the 10-year U.S. ...

Eurozone's Account Surplus Widened Slightly in July

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

FRANKFURT--The eurozone's current account surplus widened slightly in July, continuing to signal some strength in the currency bloc's export economy, data from the European Central Bank showed Friday. The current account balance, a broad measure of an economy's international financial ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Rise; S&P 500, Dow Hit Records

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. stock market moved higher on Friday, sending the S&P; 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to a fresh intraday record. Stocks were supported by favorable outcomes in ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Retreat From Record Highs

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--U.S. stocks retreated from record highs on Friday, with falls in tech companies weighing on the Nasdaq Composite. Stocks were earlier supported by favorable outcomes in two 'risk events' this week. ...

BOND REPORT: Treasury Yields Sink As Investors Reassess Fed

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Ben Eisen and William Watts, MarketWatch U.S. Treasury prices gained ground on Friday, pulling down yields as investors stepped back into the market after a Federal Reserve-inspired selloff. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury (10_YEAR) fell 5 basis ...

New York City Jobless Rate Falls to 7.3%

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Keiko Morris The unemployment rate in New York City fell to its lowest level in more than five years in August as the city added jobs in industries that usually pay healthy salaries, such as financial services and manufacturing. ...

China Loan Demand Declined in 3Q

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

BEIJING--Demand for new loans from China's businesses softened in the third quarter, suggesting that entrepreneurs remain pessimistic about growth in the world's second largest economy, a central bank survey showed on Friday. An index measuring bankers" assessment of loan demand ...

Japan Downgrades Assessment of Economy

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

TOKYO--Japan downgraded its overall assessment of the economy in September for the first time in five months, as poor summer weather weighed on consumption, raising further questions over the viability of pushing ahead with a second sales-tax increase after the ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Higher As Fed Rate View Holds

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures pushed higher on Friday, ahead of one of the world's biggest initial public offerings ever, and as two major risk factors this week -- Scotland and the Federal Open MarketCommittee ...